New Hope Inc. Recruiting Volunteers

New Hope works throughout Massachusetts to build an anti-violence movement to end sexual and domestic violence. We seek to create communities free from violence, where individuals and families are able to achieve their full human potential.  As an organization dedicated to social justice, New Hope encompasses a way of seeing, naming, understanding, and acting aimed at addressing inequality and oppression across society.  Our vision is a simple one, “Every person has the right to live a life free of violence and exploitation.” You can read more about us on our website here:

www.new-hope.org/about-us/.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for our SAFEplan program located in our south central region. The courts we are specifically needing volunteers in are

-Dudley Court

-East Brookfield Court

-Milford Court

-Uxbridge Court

-Westborough Court

SAFEPLAN is a court advocacy program created by Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) in 1995, which is authorized by the Massachusetts legislature to oversee the program. SAFEPLAN is a partnership between MOVA and community-based domestic violence programs.

SAFEPLAN Advocates are housed in district and probate and family courts throughout the Commonwealth (currently in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Plymouth and Worcester counties). SAFEPLAN works in collaboration with courthouses, district attorneys’ offices and other allied criminal justice and social service agencies to provide a statewide system of court advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking considering a 209A restraining order or a 258E harassment prevention order. These collaborations are the cornerstone of the SAFEPLAN Program. SAFEPLAN is an innovative model program; it bridges agencies and institutions that have differing philosophies -- community-based domestic violence programs and criminal justice based agencies (law enforcement, prosecutors’ offices and court personnel). All SAFEPLAN Advocates are specially trained and certified to offer court advocacy and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their families who are seeking intervention and protection through the court system. Court advocacy is critical when victims are seeking to obtain a protective order and/or leaving an abusive situation. SAFEPLAN Advocates provide comprehensive services to victims including safety planning, and are a crucial link for victims of crimes to obtain necessary counseling, emergency services, shelter, and other support from domestic violence/sexual assault programs and other agencies.

SAFEPLAN Advocates create a respectful collaborative environment for victims to enter and, thus, offer the best hope for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking seeking protection from the courts.

Interested or know someone who may be?

Contact:

Heather Sullivan
Outreach Specialist
New Hope, Inc.
140 Park Street
Attleboro, MA  02703
Office: 508-226-4015 x 2111
Fax: 508-226-6917

HSullivan@new-hope.org

www.new-hope.org

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